Section 385 in the US tax code governs the determination of interests in a corporation as debt or equity. There have been no regulations under section 385 for more than 25 years. In an effort to curb specific related-party debt transactions undertaken in the cross-border context, the US Treasury Department and the US Internal Revenue Service proposed new rules under section 385 that, among other effects, convert certain related-party instruments otherwise classified as debt into stock. Please join Mayer Brown Tax Transactions & Consulting partners Russell Nance and Steven Garden for an overview of the regulatory framework introduced by these proposed regulations, the effective dates, and these rules’ impact on the financial market.

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